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Wild West road trip Day10 Antelope Island and Salt Lake City Utah
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The next day we headed south to explore Utah.
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We started the day at Antelope Island
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on the Great Salt Lake.
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Which besides
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also contains quite a number of buffalo brought here many years ago by ranchers.
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provided yet another
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unique American landscape.
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The buffalo liked to hang out
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on the salty beaches.
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While the camouflaged antelope
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the grasses
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and crossed the road
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hopped through the grasses
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and crossed the road.
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After Antelope Island, we headed to
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the Mormon capital of the US
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Salt Lake City.
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The church headquarters had the most impressive public restrooms I've ever seen. I suppose they have a lot of church conferences here and they need enormous restrooms for all of the people.
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But they must also have some kinda, "though shalt keep the cleanest public restrooms in the world" statement in their Book of Mormon, because these things were immaculate.
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The mormons run a pretty impressive show there. They let you go visit all of buildings except the gigantic temple, which they only allow themselves to enter for special occassions.
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There were plenty of well-dressed Mormon-looking folks walking around everywhere to help you out and try to teach you about their religion, but no one was overbearing, which was nice.
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Ilaria and went into the Assembly hall where they host most of their Mormon events. This lady did a demonstration of the pretty good acoustics of the hall. Outside they were really hyping how you could hear a pin drop in the pulpit from the back of the hall. I was less impressed by their demonstration when I heard the pin drop onto a hollow wooden block which efficiently amplified the sound of the pin falling.
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Here's the founder of the church -- Joseph Smith. An angel let this dude know that he had some metal/gold plates buried in a hill near his house that revealed the future of the Christian Church.
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A lot of the statues and exhibits at the church headquarters are devoted to the religion's early pioneers, who went through a lot of crap before they finally settled in the arid land no one wanted: Utah.
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Initially the Mormons settled in Missouri where they claimed most of the biblical events occured (the Garden of Eden was there; Noah left from there). The Missouri folk would have no part of these Mormons on their land, and kicked them out.
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Overall Salt Lake City and the Mormon headquarters was worth seeing, but I'd be in no hurry to go back; it's no Vatican.
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After Salt Lake City, we drove what Ilaria claims is the nicest piece of Interstate in the US (based on this trip and a Southwest trip she took with Elisabetta).
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It was
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a nice drive
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especially the Salt Wash view area.
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When the Mormons first arrived here after Brigham Young told them to settle in Utah, they knew they'd been given one difficult place to settle.
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In the end only a few cowboys with detailed knowledge of where to find water were able to survive here.
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But it is certainly
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a beautiful place to stop
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and look at our planet.
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We stopped for the night
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in Green River.